Have a story you want to share? Below are a few writing contests for kids to get you started. There are a lot more on the web. Just remember, there is a lot of competition and award-winning writing takes hard work, research, and tenacity (that means don’t give up!)
Amazing Kids! Magazine: Offers a variety of contests throughout the year for mixed ages, depending on the contest
Amber Journal – Semiannual journal of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for all age groups; submissions for and by readers aged 10 to 18 years old
Cicada Magazine – Publish poetry, realistic and genre fic, essay, and comics by adults and teens.
Guardian Angel Publishing – Offers youth contest and an imprint for kids writing and illustrating for kids through a school contest. Kids 12 and under
“It’s All Write!” Teen Writing Contest – Stories are judged in three different categories: Grades 6-8, Grades 9 & 10, and Grades 11 & 12. The top three writers in each age group receive fabulous prizes. This is an ever-growing, international contest sponsored by The Ann Arbor District Library. Contest begins in January.
Kids World Fun – Short story contest for 7-16 year olds
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards– The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. Opening in September for new submissions.
Stone Soup Magazine– Welcomes submissions from around the world by writers and artists ages 13 and younger
Write the World – New competition every month for ages 13-18 years